10 Reasons To Hate Squirrels

Whether you’re a skilful, green-fingered gardener or an avid bird watcher, you’ll understand just how much of a nuisance squirrels can be. From helping themselves to the contents of your bird feeder to digging holes in your flower beds, those adorable, unassuming critters are often at the root of many frustrations.

If squirrels are persistently driving you nuts, you’re not alone! We’ve compiled a list of ten reasons to hate squirrels - from the mildly annoying to the deeply irritating!

It’s time to read on and let off some squirrel-induced steam!

10. Those shifty all-seeing eyes.

Have you ever tried sneaking up on a squirrel? The placement their eyes makes catching them unexpectedly from behind an impossible task. With large, glassy eyes on either side of their heads, squirrels have excellent vision and an extensive view of their surroundings. So unless you’re down on your hands and knees offering nuts, there’s no way a squirrel will allow you to approach. Take a look at this squirrel’s hypnotic eyes up close in HD.

9. They’re all claws and paws

While they might appear cute and cuddly, squirrels have large paws and razor-sharp claws ideal for climbing and, more frustratingly, digging. Creatures of habit, squirrels are renowned for burying nuts and seeds in grass, flower beds and plant pots, and more often than not, forgetting where they’ve been buried!

Prepare yourself as this pesky squirrel gracefully accepts a peanut - only to bury it immediately in a nearby plant pot!

8. They work 9 - 5

If the chances of catching that bothersome squirrel in your garden aren’t slim enough, did you know that they also forage during the day? During warmer months, squirrels regularly make appearances in the early morning and mid-afternoon, but when colder weather sets in, they venture out to forage just once a day around noon.

If you work a nine to five day too, perhaps this innovative squirrel obstacle course will help you keep your resident squirrel on its toes.

7. They’re not just after your nuts…

A common misconception, squirrels not only enjoy a diet rich in seeds and nuts, but they also love to devour all sorts of plant life growing in our gardens. If you’ve noticed a distinct thinning of your vegetable patch or flowers and buds disappearing from their stems, it might not be the birds at fault. Don’t believe us? Watch this cheeky chap pluck his dinner straight from the shrubbery.

6. They’re full of surprises

Ever wondered how that squirrel made its way into your attic? Squirrels are surprising creatures, and as well as being fast on their feet, they are superb jumpers. Squirrels can not only jump vertically to heights of up to five feet, but also cover distances of up to ten feet horizontally! Don’t be deceived by their size - squirrels have been known to survive mammoth 20-foot leaps, and would certainly give an Olympic athlete a run for their money!

However, squirrels have off-days too, and don’t always manage to clear the void...

5. Their front teeth continue to grow

While this may sound like a scene from the Twilight Zone, most rodents’ sharp incisors continuously grow, and a squirrel is no different. To stop the teeth reaching or piercing the skull, squirrels must wear them down by chewing. Unfortunately, they don’t just chew nuts and seeds: squirrels are often found gnawing wooden posts, tree bark, bird feeders, and even electric cables.

 In some rare cases, they have been known to seek out something even more solid to chew.

 4. They’re frustratingly fast

If you thought that their jumping, foraging and burying skills were bad enough, there’s worse to come: they’re also incredibly speedy. Capable of reaching speeds of up to twenty miles an hour, the chances of nearing a squirrel without the allure of food is minute.

Check out this talkative tyke nattering as fast as he can run. (Awww!)

3. They love to eat out

Eating is the highlight of every squirrel’s day, and when there’s plenty of food available during the warmer months, they cleverly hoard and hide food in preparation for the harder, colder times of year. According to LiveScience, squirrels eat approximately one pound of food each week, and because they are such eager foragers, you should take every opportunity to safeguard the plant life in your garden or it will be stripped bare!

2. They map out their territory

Regardless of efforts to squirrel-proof gardens, squirrels will fiercely protect their food sources and map their territory accordingly. If your bird feeder or table is regularly occupied by an eager squirrel or two, visiting birds are likely to go hungry.

In fact, squirrels will even square up against each other when food is in question.

1. They stop at nothing to get to the bird seed

Whether your bird feeder is newly purchased or a treasured garden feature, squirrels will stop at nothing to get to the bird seed inside. If they can’t reach inside directly, squirrels will use a number of strategies including gnawing through plastics, wood and even metals, and attempting to break feeders open by knocking them to the ground.

The good news is that Perky-Pet squirrel-proof bird feeders now withstand the tactics of troublesome squirrels, keeping your bird seed safe and your feathery visitors happy.

 

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